Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Come Back!

Recently, we had the pleasure of doing a series of graphic novel workshops with a group of young women in Ayr who had already been producing prose and poems with writers.

After several weeks of planning and working hard the group had produced fantastic finished drawings and graphic novel pages.

We were delighted to see copies of the finished Come Back! book. Some sample pages can be seen below and the book will be available from all South Ayrshire libraries.

We were also asked to contribute to the introduction:

Through the years creating comics and graphic novels, we have learned that there is no right way to combine words and pictures. Of course not all comics are funny and indeed not all graphic novels are novels, some are non-fiction: whatever the label, comics are fun and innately anarchic. Producing comics is cathartic and is a fantastic way to communicate.

Working with the group of young women we very quickly saw their potential and were greatly impressed by the enthusiasm and endeavour they all applied to the project. Each one produced something wildly different and tackled the process in interesting and unique ways that perhaps reflected their own individual backgrounds and personalities.

Producing finished drawings, and then finished pages or stories can be incredibly satisfying, and the creative process, from planning to development contains its own rewards.

We very much hope you will enjoy the wonderful work that is gathered here in these pages as much as we enjoyed being involved in its production.

John and Sandra (metaphrog)

You can read more about project here.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

New Book out in September 2011: Skint!

Over the past year and half, we've been involved in a top secret project, which we can now reveal!

Scottish Book Trust, in partnership with Scottish Government, commissioned us to work on the book Skint! in collaboration with actor, director and playwright Gowan Calder.

Skint! is an interactive, learner-centred money management resource for 16 to 26 year olds in supported youth groups.

It's a thought-provoking and interactive book with mutiple choice endings, with a colouful, engaging and fun script dialogue provided by Gowan, and graphic novel illustrations provided by us. We also had great fun working on the cover and book design! We'll be posting some samples from the interior pages here soon.

It's been a real pleasure working on this challenging project, as part of a great team of really dedicated people! We've loved every minute of it!

Now we're looking forward to the launch of the project on September 8th 2011 at the International Adult Literacies Conference in Scotland.

Skint! will also be available through Scottish Book Trust’s website as a downloadable PDF, and in accessible formats (sign language and audio versions).

For full information on this project, please visit www.scottishbooktrust.com/skint